Oliver Johnson House // 1905

Prairie style architecture is not nearly as common in New England as it is in the Mid-western United States. The style was almost always seen in early 20th century residential designs and is characterized by horizontality, low slope roofs, overhanging eaves, and open interior floor plans. This New England vernacular version of the Prairie style employs some Arts and Crafts influence with Tuscan columned porch and wood frame construction, rather than the more bulky and bold use of brick and stone. This residence sits on a busy state route in the sleepy town of Franklin, Connecticut. This house appears to have been built for Oliver Johnson who was about seventy by the time the house was built. Do you know of any other Prairie Style houses in New England?

2 thoughts on “Oliver Johnson House // 1905

  1. Paul Chandler January 12, 2023 / 7:26 pm

    I know of a Prairie Style building in Kennebunkport, but I can’t remember if it is a house or a commercial building. It’s listed on the NRHP nomination form.

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